EASE graduates gain knowledge, new skills


EASE graduates for 2012 are (seated) Angie McHann-Ruth, Stephen Lancaster, Natalie Carpenter, Brittany Oliver; (back row) Tiffney Williams, Krystle Dixon, Becky Springer, Yolanda Boyd, Annika Campbell, Latoya Bishop, Jennifer Forrester and Dani Williams. Not pictured: Gail Wilson PHOTO: Russ Houston | University Relations

Participants in the 2012 Education for Administrative Support Employees (EASE) sessions took advantage of the opportunity to boost their knowledge during the 12-week training program, which is designed to provide new administrative support staff with the tools to perform their jobs effectively.

At the beginning of the program in late September, the EASE class was given a surprise pre-test during their first meeting to benchmark their level of knowledge. The pre-test scores averaged 57%.

At the conclusion of the training sessions, they took a second test to assess progress and knowledge gain, and the scores averaged 85%.

The improved test scores indicate that the participants gained knowledge and learned new skills during the EASE Program.

Session topics included basic department internal controls, communication skills, conflict resolution, diversity, information security, leave, professional image, purchasing, time management, travel, and the employment process.

EASE graduates for 2012 are:

Latoya Bishop, office associate, Office of Diversity and Equity Programs

Yolanda Boyd, office associate, Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement

Annika Campbell, administrative assistant I, International Institute

Natalie Carpenter, office associate, Sponsored Program Administration

Krystle Dixon, administrative assistant II, Dean of Engineering

Jennifer Forrester, accounting assistant, Dairy Plant

Stephen Lancaster, office associate, Curriculum, Instruction & Special Education

Angie McHann-Ruth, administrative assistant II, Center for Teaching and Learning

Brittany Oliver, office associate, Office of Admissions and Scholarships

Becky Springer, administrative assistant I, Leadership and Foundations

Tiffney Williams, administrative assistant I, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology

Dani Williams, administrative assistant I, Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station

Gail Wilson, administrative assistant I, Student Counseling Services

The next EASE Program will be held in the fall. Participants will be invited in August.

For more information, please contact Adrienne Morris at morris@hrm.msstate.edu or 662-325-3713.

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